Paul Pierce SF BKN 14 Hrs
Paul Pierce (fractured hand) practiced on Monday and is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics.
Pierce was diagnosed with the break 10 days ago but it sounds like he could beat his initial 2-4 week timetable. We'll update his status once more is known, but given how poorly he played before the injury he should still be on fantasy benches in weekly leagues.
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Paul Pierce is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in the third metacarpal of his right hand.
The hits keep coming for the struggling Nets, and Pierce's absence will thrust Alan Anderson into a starting role. Anderson has averaged 7.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 three-pointers in two starts at SF this year. More minutes will also be available for Joe Johnson, Toko Shengelia and Mirza Teletovic, though not enough to significantly alter their fantasy outlooks.
Paul Pierce SF BKN 9 Days
Paul Pierce (bruised hand) will not play on Saturday.
Pierce's beleaguered owners can bench him without compunction. He's averaging just 12.4 points on 36.8 percent shooting this season and has been a liability in most formats. Ideally a few days of rest will lead to better play when he returns, which could be as soon as Tuesday's home game vs. the Nuggets. Alan Anderson will start in Pierce's absence, as usual.
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Paul Pierce (bruised right hand) is doubtful for Saturday's game against Memphis.
This may explain why Pierce had such a horrendous game Friday and left the locker room without talking to the media. Then again, so little has gone right for Pierce and the Nets this year that the problem may be deeper than a bruised hand. With Pierce likely to sit, Alan Anderson will get the start and could be worth a spot-start for teams in need of points and threes.
Paul Pierce SF BKN 10 Days
Paul Pierce hit just 1-of-6 shots and by all accounts played horrible defense in Friday's blowout loss to the Rockets, and left the locker room after the game without talking to media.
It's a no-no for star players to not stay and face the music after games like this, which highlights just how far south the Nets locker room has gone this season. Pierce finished with two points, two rebounds, four assists and two steals, and if he gets it turned around he could be a nice mid-to-late round value, but if you moved on we wouldn't blame you. There's simply too many moving parts that need to click for Pierce to have sustainable value.
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Paul Pierce is still looking to get on track after starting the season with a 37.6 field goal percentage.
Pierce has been dealing with a groin injury, but has refused to use that as an excuse for his poor start. "I'm just struggling right now, just simple and plain," he said. "I think I'm getting great looks. I've just got to be able to knock them down." The Truth owns a career 44.6-percent field goal percentage so his numbers will improve, but the 36-year-old's best days are certainly behind him.
Paul Pierce SF BKN 13 Days
Paul Pierce played 32 minutes against the Raptors on Tuesday to help the Nets snap a five-game losing streak, scoring 16 points with four boards, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer on 5-of-8 shooting.
He was terrible over his previous 10 games, making just 32.6 percent from the field for 11.6 points per game. Pierce has looked more like he's 46 this season, but the 36-year-old former All-Star has turned in two solid games in a row following his 19-point game on Sunday. He's barely worth owning in standard leagues, though.
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Paul Pierce shot 5-of-13 from the field for 19 points with four rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers and four turnovers against the Pistons on Sunday.
There isn't much to like about how The Truth has been playing so far this year. The Nets offense moves like molasses and rank in the bottom 10 for points, assists and field goal percentage. Pierce's numbers are significantly down compared to last year and he doesn't show much signs of life. His owners will probably want to wait for a good stretch of games before trying to trade him. It's also not too wild of an idea to cut him in shallow formats.
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Paul Pierce hit just 2-of-11 shots (no threes) for six points with three rebounds and one assist over 22 minutes in the Nets' blowout loss to the Wolves on Friday.
Pierce started off the season well enough but has gone ice cold lately and belongs on benches, but with some low mid-round potential owners may want to think twice before outright dropping him. Kevin Garnett is getting abused nightly but at least he put up eight points, eight boards and a block tonight.
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Paul Pierce (groin) returned to action in Monday's loss, hitting just 2-of-12 shots (0-for-5 from deep, 7-of-8 from the line) for 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 32 minutes.
Old guys have been known to start slow in a long NBA season, and that can be said for most of the Nets squad right now. Until KG and Andrei Kirilenko are playing full-time, though, Pierce will likely be in most lineups going forward.